Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs
With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world. Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations. Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond. Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.
In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities. Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard. Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.
For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map
Alumni Making a Global Impact
Recently, Wishberry crowdsourced $650,000 in seed funding from 44 strategic investors including the Head of Google in India, the ex-CEO of Yahoo R&D in India and the founders of successful startups including MakeMyTrip, SlideShare, and RateGain. Our goal now is to crowdfund 100 crores across 5,000 projects over the next two years and raise our Series A. In five years, we hope to build a community of 3-4 million funders and support 50,000 creative projects on Wishberry.
Given that Wishberry just raised funding, we are looking to grow rapidly by hiring smart minds in tech, digital marketing and PR. So, we would love to have Penn alumni hop on board!
Q & A
What books would you recommend to others?
- I would recommend The Lean Startup, From Good to Great and The Bhagavad Gita.
What is your fondest memory of Penn?
- I remember all the Penn traditions like Hey Day, Feb Club and Walnut Walk!
What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
- I would highly recommend they go for an early morning heritage walk around Mumbai's "old city."
Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
- If i could go back to Penn as an M&T undergrad, the one thing I would do differently would be to take a whole bunch of "fun" classes based on my hobbies/interests, such as criminal psychology, Hindu mythology, bar-tending and playing the sitar. M&T kids tend to focus on taking all the "right" classes to finish their degrees on time.
What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
- I believe that my crowdfunding startup, Wishberry, is making a real difference to creative entrepreneurs in India by giving them an opportunity to fund their creative visions. India is a risk-averse country. While the US sees over 60,000 angel investments every year, India sees less than 500, predominantly in tech and consumer companies. Wishberry is changing that.
Who inspires you?
- My god-father Rakesh Gangwal inspires me. He came to the US for his MBA at Wharton with just $500 in his account and grew to be the CEO of US Airways before starting his own low-cost airline in India, Indigo.
What is your favorite Penn tradition?
- Feb Club was the best! It encouraged us to bond with our class while exploring both Philly as well as the Penn campus.
What was your favorite class and/or professor?
- My favorite class was one affiliated with PennEWB. I remember the trip we took to Honduras to build a water filtration and supply system in a remote village. My favorite professor was by far Martin ("Marty") Asher. He believed in my entrepreneurial dreams from the day he saw me.
What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
- Some of my M&T friends and I started the Penn Nanotech Society and the Women's Initiative at the M&T Club.
Where did you hangout off campus?
- Being a foodie I hung out at all the amazing BYO restaurants Philly had to offer, whether it be Stephen Star or Holes In The Walls.
When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
- Definitely the window! I am fascinated with flying.